Phil Vettel, a graduate of Eastern Illinois University, joined Tribune Company (at Suburban Trib) in 1979, and has been The Tribune’’s restaurant critic since 1989. He has a wife and two sons, one or more of whom often accompany Phil on his culinary adventures. He also makes a mean egg-salad sandwich.


Recent Articles
  • Phil Vettel reviews Temporis

  • Phil Vettel reviews Kitsune

  • Phil Vettel Reviews George Trois

    Chicago Tribune restaurant critic Phil Vettel Awards 4 stars to the stunning restaurant within a restaurant.

  • Phil Vettel Reviews Café Marie-Jeanne

  • Phil Vettel reviews Mi Tocaya Antojeria

    Two stars for the Logan Square newcomer.

  • Phil Vettel reviews Trench

  • Video: Phil Vettel reviews Entente

  • Phil Vettel reviews Everest

    CHICAGO, Ill. — 30 years after it first opened, Everest is still soaring above Chicago’s fine dining scene. Watch Chicago Tribune dining critic Phil Vettel’s review of the restaurant that sits on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange.

  • Phil Vettel reviews Bad Hunter

    CHICAGO, IL — Let me just say that “Bad Hunter” is the best name for a veggie-focused restaurant I’ve ever heard. The phrase “bad hunter” is the punchline to a silly vegetarian joke. And it’s a fine name for a restaurant that leans heavily toward greens and grains but doesn’t take itself too seriously. Bad Hunter is flanked on Randolph Street’s Restaurant Row by Au Cheval to the east, and to the west, Lone Wolf, a sister property within Heisler Hospitality […]

  • Phil Vettel reviews Beacon Tavern

    CHICAGO — In the shadow of Trump Tower or the Wrigley Building, depending on the time of day, sits a new restaurant you’d do well to keep on your radar. Beacon Tavern carries a Wabash Avenue address, but it’s accessed most easily via the walkway that stretches west from Michigan Avenue, between Wrigley’s north and south towers. For years, the restaurant’s space was home to McDonald’s. It’s fair to say that the look and cuisine have improved significantly. “We pretty […]